Artsline - Theatre, art, and music to start September right!
Artsline || September 5, 2022
By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.
~ Helen Hunt Jackson
Arts & culture events are burgeoning this fall – as if RVA held its breath until the end of August and then burst into the big, bold colors of a new season. We’ve had two long years since so many opportunities have presented themselves. And now there’s something for everyone this week, and the next, and the next. Get out and enjoy all this region has to offer!
To list your events on Artsline, go to vpm.org/artsline.
1. WINDSOR WALK: WINDSOR FARMS WALKING TOUR
History, Architectural Art
Saturday, September 10, 10am
Agecroft Hall & Gardens, 4305 Sulgrave Road, Richmond, 23221
Richmond’s first comprehensively planned community, Windsor Farms displays shaded, tree-lined streets and a harmonious blend of picturesque Tudor and Colonial style residences. Windsor Farms began taking shape during the mid-1920s under the vision of Agecroft’s owner T.C. Williams, Jr. Mr. Williams envisioned a planned community modeled after an English country village, which offered all the amenities of modern city living. As the community developed, it became a showcase for both Tudor and Colonial style homes, featuring two imported English manor houses and grand Colonial Revival mansions by noted architect William Lawrence Bottomley. Join Agecroft Hall for a tour with architectural historian Chris Novelli that highlights the history and architecture of one of Richmond’s most elegant neighborhoods. Purchase tickets online.
Thursday, September 8, 7:30pm opening
Friday – Sundays through October 2, times vary
Firehouse Theatre, 1609 West Broad Street, Richmond, 23220
$38 General Admission | $25 Students
What do you know about Black history, or what do you think you know? The Civil Rights Movement didn't start with Black Lives Matter, the March on Washington, or the Civil War. Set in the summer of 1800, GABRIEL tells the story of the biggest planned slave revolution in Virginia history. The rebellion would have overthrown the entire state government and bring freedom to thousands. Based on the true and little-known Richmond story, this world premiere musical portrays the state-wide insurrection led by Gabriel, a literate blacksmith enslaved on Thomas Prosser's tobacco plantation in Henrico. Never heard of him? Then come find out why his story has been lost, buried, and forgotten. Presented by Firehouse Theatre. Purchase tickets online.
3. CELEBRATE THE ART OF LATIN AMERICA: EL SALVADOR FAMILY DAY EVENT
Culture, Visual Art, Music, Dance
Saturday, September 10
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 North Arthur Ashe Boulevard, Richmond, 23220
Explore the landscape, culture, traditions, and art of El Salvador through art, music and dance at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Enjoy performances, presentations, and workshops by the Latin Ballet of Virginia, storytelling with the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, art activities with 1708 Gallery, and much more! Play or relax in VMFA’s Sculpture Garden and pick up a tasty treat from the Best Café. No registration required for this free event.
4. B'DAM BREW JAM
Saturday, September 10
Beaverdam Ruritan Park, 18002 Teman Road, Beaverdam, 23015
$12 General Admission | Under 12 Free
Chillax and enjoy some of the finest beers and ciders from RVA, Virginia and beyond. Along with great eats and awesome music, all under the tall trees of Beaverdam Ruritan Park. Purchase tickets online.
5. SCHOOL'S BACK IN SESSION
September 9, 7:30pm
Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education, 11810 Centre Street, Chester, 23831
$25 Adults | $20 Military & Seniors | $10 for youth 17 & under
The Perkinson Center and Pearl St Comedy are proud to present School's Back in Session, a comedy show good for all ages! Kevin Lee’s unique combination of comedy, magic and juggling leaves audiences both in awe and in stitches. Hosted by Don Garrett. Purchase tickets online.
Friday, September 9 – Sunday, September 18
For ages 14+
The Basement, 300 East Broad Street, Richmond, 23219
Whitesplaining is a devised collaboration between The Conciliation Project and VCUarts Theatre. The thirteen-member ensemble intentionally interrogates whiteness, white supremacy, and white culture through the transformative power of story. Performers use satire, story, anecdotes, commentary, music and dance to immerse themselves in the characters and character “types” unpacking and deconstructing culture, “norms,” and the mythology surrounding race, racism, and the truth of white-skinned privilege. Purchase tickets online.
7. 43RD STREET FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
Saturday, September 10
43rd Street Gallery, 1412 43rd Street, Richmond, 23225
From street art to fine art, the 31st annual 43rd Street Festival of the Arts has something for everyone. Limited to 70 artisans, it is a juried show of fine crafts and art featuring local and regional artisans. This RVA neighborhood festival showcases a unique selection of contemporary art, music, and food. It is a fundraiser for CARITAS. Presented by 43rd Street Gallery. No registration required for this free event.
8. APRIL VERCH AND CODY WALTERS
Saturday, September 10, 8pm
Shady Grove Coffeehouse, Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 11105 Cauthorne Road, Glen Allen, 23059
$20 Advance | $25 Door | Teens half-price | Children free
To listen to April Verch and Cody Walters is to be immersed in tradition. To watch them perform is to be transported. Be it regional Canadian roots, American old-time, 50’s Country, Scandinavian folk music, or something original that sounds as though it’s been around for a century—the one common thread is their love and reverence for the music and traditions that have been passed down to them. Enjoy their performance at Shady Grove Coffee House. Purchase tickets online.
9. KILLERS OF A CERTAIN AGE BOOK LAUNCH WITH DEANNA RAYBOURN
Saturday, September 10, 1pm
Sam Miller's, 1210 East Cary Street, Richmond, 23219
$29 plus fees, includes signed book and program
Fountain Bookstore favorite Deanna is back! They are celebrating her newest release in person at Sam Miller's Restaurant. Your ticket gets you a copy of Killers of a Certain Age and entry to this talk. Small bites will be provided and you will have access to the cash bar if you'd like. Synopsis: They’ve spent their lives as the deadliest assassins in a clandestine international organization, but now that they’re sixty years old, four women friends can’t just retire – it’s kill or be killed in this action-packed thriller. Purchase tickets (and book) online.
10. ERYKAH BADU LIVE COVER TO COVER
Saturday, September 10, 7pm
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2410 Ownby Lane, Richmond, 23220
Join Yes, And Theatrical Company at at Hardywood Richmond for a free concert of Erykah Badu's album, LIVE, with an encore set of greatest hits by Erykah Badu. Featuring Trunk Show Band and special guests from Weekend Plans, with vocals by Katrinah Carol Lewis, Zakiyyah Jackson, and Jessi Johnson Peterson.
11. I WON'T GROW UP BY NOAH SCALIN
Thursday, September 8, 7pm artist talk & reception
Exhibit runs through October 28
Weinstein JCC, 5403 Monument Avenue, Richmond, 23226
After watching his daughter play with stickers, Noah was inspired to incorporate them in his own art creations. This exhibition at the Weinstein JCC features experimental collage works created by Noah Scalin utilizing stickers and examples of the pieces created by his daughter (when she was two years old) that inspired this body of work. RSVP to this free event.
12. RESTORING AND PAINTING STRATFORD HALL
History, Architectural Art
Thursday, September 8, 6pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road, Richmond, 23226
Wilton House Museum brings Stratford Hall’s Director of Preservation & Maintenance, Phil Mark, to discuss the restoration of Stratford Hall’s Great House main floor. The evolution of the Great House during the Lee’s time will be discussed and how this evolution dictated the restoration projects. Multiple room projects, including the Parlor and Dining Room, will be discussed from investigation through the restoration process with an emphasis on the traditional paints and methods used. A reception follows the presentation. Purchase tickets online.
If you are an arts or cultural organization with lectures, exhibitions, performances, or even book readings, submit your events to Artsline here.
If you are an artist or an arts or cultural organization in need of resources and tools, check out the list of local and national resources from Richmond CultureWorks.
43rd Street Festival of the Arts, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Shady Grove Coffeehouse, VCU School of the Arts, and Wilton House Museum are sponsors of VPM.